Off the Rails
Directed by Adam Irving
The remarkable true story of Darius McCollum, a man with Asperger’s syndrome, whose overwhelming love of transit has landed him in jail 32 times. As a boy Darius befriended transit workers who taught him to drive trains. By age 8, he memorized the entire subway system. At 15, he drove a packed train 6 stops by himself, making all the stops and announcements. Over the next three decades, Darius commandeered hundreds of trains and buses, staying en route and on schedule, without ever getting paid and without ever hurting anyone or damaging any property.
The remarkable true story of Darius McCollum, a man with Asperger’s, whose overwhelming love of transit has landed him in jail 32 times for impersonating NYC bus drivers and subway conductors and driving their routes.
Cast: Darius McCollum
Really fascinating documentary.
Sad testimony to the system failing to treat an illness and placing a non-violent person in maximum security. He needed counseling, not incarceration. It's probably his condition that kept him from becoming like the other prisoners. The only saving grace in this story.
what a casualty of indifference and what a dedicated artist to be so determined to create this portrait. Im inpired and saddened all at once.
Powerful, quirky, and heart wrenching all at once. What seems to be a story about a charming yet obsessed man is actually an indictment on the entire prison system. This is an exemplary piece of documentary.